Sunday, August 02, 2009
Sit Down, You're Rocking the Box
Friday night I was fortunate enough to be invited, again, to sit in the Reed and Davidson box at the Hollywood Bowl for their concert-staged production of "Guys and Dolls." Even though the recent Broadway revival didn't do too well, "Guys and Dolls" seems like a bullet-proof show. And the Bowl's production was very good.
The star-studded cast included Scott Bakula, Jessica Biel, Beau Bridges (left) , Jason Graae, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ken Page (purple tie in the center of the photo as Nicely-Nicely Johnson) and Ruth Williamson as General Mathilde Cartwright (she's impressed me ever since I saw her on Broadway as Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn in "The Music Man.")
Broadway-icon Donna McKechnie did the impressive choreography. The Hollywood Bowl has a HUGE stage and getting actors on and off the stage must be a real challenge. One doesn't simply walk off stage -- that would take too long. Lots of running to and from the wings.